Inside Averell’s Bedroom Makeover
I find that as my children get older it’s harder to surprise them. That’s why I was so excited to redo my daughter Averell’s bedroom in anticipation of her coming home from London for the holidays. I couldn’t wait to see the surprise on her face when she walked into her old room again.
Back in her high school days, I had given Averell free reins to decorate it the way she wanted. That meant that it looked something like a Tiffany Blue Box with enough gilding and bows through out the room to make a schoolgirl swoon.
In keeping with the Breakfast At Tiffany’s theme, there was a large painting of Audrey Hepburn and some of her sayings emblazoned on the wall. Along side all of the saccharine details, like a throw rug made out of Barbie Doll hair, sat her stuffed animals. When you walked into the room, you immediately felt that you had been sucked into some kind of time warp.
It was time for a change! Now that Averell is a successful Global Marketing Consultant living in London, I thought that her bedroom should reflect her grown up status. The only thing that I knew for sure was that she liked toile fabric.
With only a month and a half to get it done, I relied on the “Can do!” attitude of decorator Tim Kennedy from Kennedy Designs, who I’ve collaborated with for years, and his band of professionals to achieve my goal.
What I’m so please about it that the only items I bought for the remodel are the blue and white toile fabric, the two side tables and swinging lamps. Everything else was culled from the rest of the house or repurposed from Averell’s previous room.
So let the before and after photos do the talking here! Be sure to let me know what you think. My comment section will be up and running again this Thursday!
This is the same armchair as before, only with no dust ruffle and new fabric. The makeup table belonged to my Grandmother and can be seen here stripped of all the silver paint from the previous room.
Over the bed hangs a section of of an antique Chinese bed, that I bought in Hong Kong years ago. It now fits perfectly above Averell’s bed.
The only thing that was purchased for this remodel are the side table and folding lamp.
The photograph was taken by my childhood friend and photographer Mariana Cook and was given to us as a wedding present.
Averell is the one with the big smile!